Insomnia can have many different causes: stress, anxiety, fear of insomnia, physical illness, pain, working unusual schedules, too much caffeine. Its symptoms vary depending on the person but it can go from simply being tired to tension headaches, drowsiness, irritability and it can even lead to more anxiety.
The role of aromatherapy While a life style change is often needed to cure insomnia, aromatherapy and massage can help you go to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. It can also help you sustain that change.
The calming, soothing, balancing and anxiety-reducing benefits of essential oils make aromatherapy very effective for treating insomnia. Essential oils like lavender or roman chamomile are the most common oils used for relieving insomnia. You can simply add a drop or two of these essential oils on your pillow or use them in an essential oil diffuser in your bedroom.
Follow your nose Whilst these oils are recommended it is also important to ‘follow your nose’ and you may have a selection of oils that you can choose from depending on what you feel.
Combining it with massage, aromatherapy can be even more efficient. Massage has long been known to enhance relaxation and improve sleep patterns. One of the most important brain chemicals our brain produces to make us sleep is serotonin. When we suffer from insomnia most of time it is because our body is lacking that precious hormone. Massage has been proven to have a positive action on the nervous system and helps the brain to produce serotonin. Therefore in addition to relieving tension headaches and relaxing your muscles massage will restore your hormonal balance and it will help you sleep.
Furthermore, while massage alone is an effective method for relaxation, studies suggest that massage with essential oils, may result in improved sleep quality, more stable mood, increased mental capacity and reduced anxiety.
Clinical studies have found participants who received massage with lavender felt less anxious and more positive than participants who received massage alone.
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life and safety.
So if you think you are not getting enough sleep or if you suffer from insomnia don’t wait until it is to late, try using essential oils in your bedroom and combine it with a regular aromatherapy massage, it will help you get that good nights sleep your body and mind need.